Picardy third

noun Music.
a major third in the final tonic chord of a composition written in a minor key.

translation of French tierce de Picardy

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Picardy third
music Also called: tierce de Picardie a major chord used in the final chord of a piece of music in the minor mode
[translation of French tierce de Picardie, from its use in the church music of Picardy]

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